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City Officials announced yesterday that the Staten island ferry will be upgraded with federal funding allocated to storm resiliency. In addition to upgrading and floodproofing terminals and landings, two new ferry boats will be added to the fleet. [Staten Island Advance]


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The two new boats will replace the two oldest boats currently in service. Sadly that means we soon will be saying goodbye to my favorite Staten Island Ferry boat, MV John F. Kennedy, that has plied the waters between Manhattan and Staten Island since the 1960’s.

The new boats will be built to operate better under storm conditions and will carry around 4,500 passengers.


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Staten Island Advance: The Staten Island Ferry fleet will be updated as part of a $255.4 million resiliency project developed in response to Hurricane Sandy.

Two new storm-resilient boats will be included in the project, along with floodproofing for both the Manhattan and Staten Island ferry terminals and upgrades to landings citywide. The funds will be used to modernize the ferry fleet and landings after Hurricane Sandy highlighted the need for a resiliency overhaul.


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The new ferries will replace older boats, such as the 33-year-old Barberi and Newhouse, and the 50-year-old John F. Kennedy. They will be on the normal ferry rotation schedule, not just for storm use.

Read more from  the Staten Island Advance here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

From our friends aboard Lilac –  The Floating Library is Open!

Join Small Editions’ Founding Partner Kimberly McClure on the Floating Library for a beginning bookbinding workshop. Learn to construct an ancient nonadhesive binding that has modern appeal. Its exposed sewing is complemented by the variety of materials that can be used to make book covers. You will create your own blank book that can be used for drawing, writing, or just plain-looking cool. Participants will also take home a small booklet with instructions to replicate the binding on their own time in their own home.

Jerinic will be on duty in the pilothouse for informal conversations about navigation and finding paths through unknown seas along unfamiliar lines. This will take place in conjunction with her ongoing installation Leading Lights, an installation on the windows of the ship’s pilothouse map constellations of navigational aids both visible and invisible in the September sky.

In a hands-on workshop making rope bracelets out of paper and/or fabric scraps, participants will learn how to counter-twist fibers together into rope and create beautiful adjustable bracelets. Thackray’s installation The Line is a functional rope swing made from paper and can be located on the Main Deck.


Explore the different ways a book is more than just the written word in this book art workshop. Amanda Tobier will demonstrate several designs and you will be able to make your own out of vintage books: sculptures, garlands, bookends. Materials provided.


LILAC has been transformed this month into the Floating Library, a mobile device-free salon for reading, writing, research, debate, and fearless dreaming.  Created and organized by artist Beatrice Glow, who also brought the Aquarium from Austronesia to the ship in 2012,  custom-made lounge furniture and bookshelves filled with donated books offer space to relax and ideas to inspire.  Workshops, discussions, and presentations will provide further food for thought.  Activities take place almost daily Wednesday through Sunday and hours will vary.  Please consult the calendar for details before visiting.


All activities are free and open to the public.

Lilac is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 Directions

The Lilac Preservation Project is a 501c3 non-profit.  Your donations help keep historic ships afloat.



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